Emerging life-threatening infections such as SARS and Ebola have highlighted the need for effective and consistent prevention, control and management of infection within healthcare environments. Failure to implement appropriate control and management of infection can lead to the increased spread of diseases, which may ultimately lead to the loss of life and increased burden on health and social care resources.
Using the chain of infection as a guide, this course will adopt a holistic approach to infection prevention and control (IPC) in 21st century health and social care. Healthcare-associated infections are major causers of morbidity and mortality, however this course will also cover common microorganisms and their pathogenesis. Emerging tropical diseases, pandemics, epidemics and endemics will also be discussed.
You will learn about the causes of infection and pre-disposing conditions increasing susceptibility, but also challenge existing legislation, auditing and surveillance techniques to bring about effective management and control of outbreaks in a diverse range of contexts. This course is suitable for all health and social care professionals with an interest in infection prevention and control.
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Critically appraise existing knowledge and understanding of infection prevention and control
- Critically analyse the need for strict infection prevention and control within any care environment
- Examine current and future issues and debates around infectious diseases, epidemiology, prevalence and morbidity
Course content will include:
- Cause and spread of infection
- Preventing and control of infection
- Legislation relevant to infection
- Auditing and surveillance
- Prevalence and epidemiology
- Roles, responsibilities and boundaries
- Managing outbreaks
- Controlling the environment
- Waste management
- Specimen collection
- Personal protective equipment
- Managing work-related injuries
- Vascular access devices and bloodstream infections, ANTT
- Chain of infection
- Hand washing and hygiene
- Fundamentals and aims of infection prevention
- Microorganisms and specific activity related to them: MRSA, TB, Norovirus, C.difficile, HIV, Hepatitis, new and emerging infections
- Healthcare-associated infections
- Emerging tropical diseases, pandemics, epidemics and endemics including Zika, Ebola, Malaria, Dengue
- Relation of the immune system and pathogenesis of infection
- Use and misuse of antibiotics
- Management of infection prevention and control locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
- Collaborative working to reduce burden of infection across health and social care
- Information sharing
- Antibiotic resistant organisms
- Decontamination of medical devices
- Incident investigation and root cause analysis
Through completing this course you will gain a range of transferable skills including:
- Awareness of global issues
- Development as a global citizen
- Lateral thinking and innovation
You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology eg discussion forums, personal blog. This course will enable you to:
- Use online networks
- Appraise online information
- Share case studies related to their own environment
- Develop resources for presentations
Offset course credits towards BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)
If you are a registered nurse but do not have a degree qualification, once you’ve completed this course you could offset the 20 credits towards our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up) degree. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.
‡2021/22 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.
UK/EU fee: £840
International fee: £840
2022/23 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.
UK/EU fee: £840
International fee: £840
About your fees
Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.
English language qualification
You'll also normally require one of the following English language qualifications:
If English is not your first language you will need one of the following English language qualifications.
IELTS 7.0 - also accepting IELTS Indicator (where available)
TOEFL: 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based) - also accepting TOEFL online
Pearson Test of Academic English: 66
Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C
We may accept other equivalent English Language qualifications with supporting evidence so please provide full details with your application.
You may still be eligible to join this course if you have a pre-Diploma qualification (e.g. RGN, RMN, RSCN, RNLD, EN) or if your international qualification (diploma or degree) in a Health and Social Care related subject does not equate to UK Higher Education Level 5. This is subject to meeting the following requirements:
- you are still in practising in the health and social care profession
- you are actively registered with a UK health regulator
If the above applies, there is an access route at level 5 (Diploma level) which requires you to successfully complete the Certificate of Credit in Health and Social Care Studies prior to joining this module.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- NMC PIN
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website
Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) for health professionals
If you are employed by the NHS in the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Northamptonshire) you may be eligible for fee-free access to this course.
Students should apply directly to the University.
For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.
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